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Sublimation systems and associated methods

United States Patent

9,254,448
February 9, 2016
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A system for vaporizing and sublimating a slurry comprising a fluid including solid particles therein. The system includes a first heat exchanger configured to receive the fluid including solid particles and vaporize the fluid and a second heat exchanger configured to receive the vaporized fluid and solid particles and sublimate the solid particles. A method for vaporizing and sublimating a fluid including solid particles therein is also disclosed. The method includes feeding the fluid including solid particles to a first heat exchanger, vaporizing the fluid, feeding the vaporized fluid and solid particles to a second heat exchanger and sublimating the solid particles. In some embodiments the fluid including solid particles is liquid natural gas or methane including solid carbon dioxide particles.
Turner; Terry D. (Idaho Falls, ID), McKellar; Michael G. (Idaho Falls, ID), Wilding; Bruce M. (Idaho Falls, ID)
BATTELLE ENERGY ALLIANCE, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
12/ 938,967
20120103012
November 3, 2010
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC07-05ID14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.